News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

Charity law firm to open a charity co-working hub

Well-known charity law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has announced plans to open a new charity hub in the City of London in early in 2018.

The new hub will occupy 4,000 square feet on the first floor of BWB’s office building, and will offer charities the opportunity to rent open-plan desk spaces on either short or long-term licences.

Disability charity Scope sells all care homes

The disability charity Scope is transferring all its regulated and day services to  private healthcare provider Salutem.

The Scope services being transferred include three education facilities, 38 care homes and 10 day services located across England and Wales.

Charity Retail Association launches All-Party Parliamentary Group

The Charity Retail Association launched an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) at Westminster on December 6th.  The APPG will represent the charity retail sector in parliament.

The new Group will be chaired by Liberal Democrat MP the Rt Hon. Sir Ed Davey.  Speaking at the launch, Davey said the charity retail sector was  vital for local high streets.

NCVO launches commission on charity tax and VAT

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has announced it has set up a commission to review of the charity tax system.

The team of commissioners led by former Chairman of Inland Revenue Sir Nicholas Montagu will review existing charitable reliefs and make recommendations to government as to how the reliefs might more effectively achieve their intended public benefits.

Charities Buying Group conference

The Charities Buying Group is holding its annual conference at Sadlers' Hall in London on Tuesday, 7 November, 2017.

The event will feature a range of exhibitors offering products to charities. Attendance is free for charities and not-for-profit organisations and includes refreshments and an evening reception.

Government announces review of building regs and fire safety

The Government has announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The review has been ordered in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire in West London which killed at least 80 people.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) says the review will have a particular focus on high rise residential buildings. The review will report jointly to the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid and Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

The review will examine:

New toolkit offers charities help with records management

The Charity Finance Group has published a free toolkit to help charities manage records effectively.

The toolkit is designed to help charities assess how well they currently manage records within their organisation and how they can improve their practice. The toolkit also aims to help charities to identify issues and solutions that are appropriate to the size and scope of their organisation.

Sustainable Church Buildings Project to help Islington churches cut energy use

The Diocese of London and the Cloudesley charitable trust have launched a new project to help Islington parishes reduce their energy use through the care and maintenance of their church buildings.